For Leo Klink, the night was the payoff, the pinnacle, what you work most of your life for. It was the Hawaii state high school soccer championship, and Klink, a senior on the underdog Kalani Falcons, had state power Punahou in his sights.
It was halftime, tied 1-1, thanks to Klink's chip shot over the Punahou keeper.
In the stands on the night of February 9 were his proud parents, Paul and Hiroyo.
"We were having a blast," Paul Klink said later. "It was halftime. We'd just seen Leo make a goal. It was the happiest moment of our life."
If the Falcons could pull this off and win their first state championship, it would be thanks largely to Hiroyo. She was the one who introduced Leo, Kalani's star and last year's ESPN high school player of the year in Hawaii, to the sport when he was just 7. She was the one who spent hour after hour with Leo, working on his game when he needed to catch up with the other boys.
"I wasn't that good at soccer," Leo said, explaining that his playing time was limited to three-minute spurts so the better players could catch a quick rest.
So mom was there with support and encouragement.
"She helped me practice by myself at the park," Leo, 17, said. "My mom taught me about resiliency. And how you would get nowhere without having a good work ethic."
About 10 minutes into the second half, the game stopped and an ambulance was rushed onto the field. Leo and his teammates waited out the 10- to 15-minute delay before the ambulance rushed off.
Leo assumed it was a Punahou player who'd hurt his back earlier in the game.
When he saw that player back on the field five minutes after the game resumed, he figured the paramedics had made a wasted trip.
"I thought the ambulance just came for nothing," Leo said. "I thought the ambulance came and went to the hospital with no one in it."
Kalani coach Michael Ching knew differently. Hiroyo Klink was in that ambulance, and the last person she wanted to know that was Leo.
In the stands, Paul Klink had looked at his 52-year-old wife and spotted trouble.
"She looked at me and she said, 'I feel a little bit dizzy,' and I noticed her left arm and her left leg were dragging. And I just looked at her and I said, 'Smile.' She looked at me like I was nuts. She tried to smile, but the left side of her face didn't move."
Paul Klink had just recently read about the signs of a stroke. He called 911, over Hiroyo's protests.
"She was just getting mad. 'Don't call an ambulance; don't stop the game.' I'm like, 'You can be mad at me and try to live. I'm going to call the 911,' and I did," Paul Klink said.
But she was adamant that whatever was going on with her, Leo should stay on the field.
"It was the mom's wishes as soon as she went down, 'Do not tell Leo,' " Ching said.
The game resumed, and Punahou soon took a 2-1 lead.
"As Kalani Falcons, we don't give up," Leo said later. "We came back strong as usual."
When good things happen, Leo always says 'we.'
"He's the most unassuming star," says Aundrea Toner, one of Leo's longtime coaches. "If you were to ask him who are the best three kids on the team, he wouldn't even name himself."
But that wasn't one of three other players streaking around the Punahou defense for the tying goal. It was Leo. And, after the game went to overtime, and then penalty kicks, to decide the Hawaii state champion, that was Leo blasting the ball into the upper right corner of the net on Kalani's final shot for the deciding margin.
"I was crying because I was so happy," Leo said.